The bold and funky Bayside quilt pattern is available in the pattern shop!
This pattern includes fabric requirements and instructions for king, queen/full, twin, throw and crib quilts! Also included is a video tutorial on cutting those tricky templates AND a coloring sheet so you can pick those fabrics with confidence.
I highly recommend watching the video below before slicing up your fabric. Although this quilt pattern is beginner friendly, it does have a mind melt element. I should probably use a different term for that than "mind melt" cause I don't want you to get scared off....hmm...ok, all I'm saying is – measure twice, cut once. And label your fabric.
Once you decide which fabric will coincide with each color listed in the pattern, slap a post-it note on that fabric so you never get confused. Trust me. I've made this quilt 5 times and even on number 5 I got a little mixed up without my labels.
Get Bold! Get Funky!
This Bayside quilt pattern is screeeeaming for color and drama.
But Don't Get Crazy.
I want you to get wild...just not crazy. Here's what I mean – this quilt pattern is graphic and big and awesome, but there are a few fabric tricks you should know before bee boppin' off to your local quilt shop. Below are a few color combinations that will be guaranteed winners:
- Monochromatic - this color scheme will allow you to pick any fabrics you want, light, dark, medium, anything! The only thing you need to remember is to stick with one color family. This Bayside baby quilt uses a monochromatic color scheme.
- 2 Lights, 2 Mediums, 2 Darks - there are exceptions to this rule, but from your 6 colors if you group them into fabrics that read as lights, mediums and darks, you will have a beautifully balanced composition.
- Same Saturation - all this means is that you stick with one saturation of fabric – all pastels, all brights, etc...; this will look more like a watercolor or "blender" quilt.
TIP #1 - use some solids. I know, I know, I'm always using solids, so that's a drum I'm already beating. But I designed this quilt to use solids so that it has that extra PUNCH! You can still use your favorite prints, just mix in at least a couple solids OR fabrics that read as solids. Don't you want your quilt to punch you in the face with color power?? Ka-POW!
TIP #2 - color a sketch. Use the blank coloring sheet or your computer to color a sketch. Even if you pick the perfect fabric, the order that you arrange the fabric makes a big difference in how the overall composition will look.
Bayside Baby Fabrics
I hate to say it, but I don't completely remember all of the fabrics I used for this quilt...aaaaand, most of the ones I do remember are a couple years old, so you may have to do some digging to find them. I've done my best to link to them, but I can't promise this fabric will be sticking around much longer. Here's the list:
- Hatbox Tigers by Cotton + Steel
- Shadowed Path Mint (Loominous collection) by Free Spirit Fabrics
- Chambray (I think, it's forest. It's definitely a Birch Fabrics chambray)
- The two solids are Kona cotton and I can't remember which colors they are. I recommend getting a swatch book from your favorite solids manufacturer, because they come in handy all the time.
- Chameleon Me + You Indah Batik
- The backing is a kid's duvet cover I got from IKEA
Interested in learning more about color, composition and playing with different types of fabrics? Check out my latest Craftsy class, Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis!
Make a Neutral Quilt Pop with Texture!
This Bayside quilt plays with lots of dreamy neutrals including chambray, poplin, linen and double gauze! Here's a list of some of the fabrics I used:
This fearless pattern lends itself to tons of variations. I created this color palette to showcase the contrasting design elements in my living room – the battle between light cream and dark mahogany tones.
And here's a picture of my adorable nephew. Those jeans kill me!
Jewel Tone Batiks
Me + You Batiks are beautiful and are PERFECT for this quilt. Not just because of their highly saturated, bright colors, no no no. It gets even better than that. Batiks are reversible. This means that when you're cutting out your templates, you don't have to worry about having them flipped the right or the wrong way – both sides work!